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Today's News

  • Foundation awards $873,580 in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has made awards to nine different community organizations in its responsive grants program, totaling $873,580.

    “In the midst of a deepening recession, our communities face high unemployment and a number of related challenges,” said Jim Morton, president of the foundation. “We applaud the staff and volunteers of the many organizations that are working diligently to help people through these difficult times and are pleased to make these grants to assist them in their efforts.”

  • Living proof

    Editor’s note: Each Sunday this month, in celebration of March as American Red Cross Month, The Lancaster News is honoring local volunteers who are the cornerstone of what the agency does. From donating blood and helping military families to disaster relief and teaching CPR and first aid, 96 percent of the Red Cross work force is volunteers. Many of those who make a difference everyday are your neighbors. 

    In 1989, Lancaster High School senior Pam Neely Giardiello started donating blood to the Red Cross at the urging of her mother, Kathy Sistare.

  • Forecast calls for rain to turn to snow Sunday night

    Although daffodils are pushing up in Lancaster County, the area is under a winter storm watch Sunday.

    According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch has been issued for Sunday night through Monday morning.

    The weather service says colder air will begin to filter into the area from the north and will cause the rain in the area to change to snow Sunday night. Sleet is also possible. By Monday, the storm will begin to move away from the area and the precipitation will end.

  • USCL kicks off 50th year celebration

    Sketches of future buildings and other structures highlighted Thursday’s breakfast that kicked off the 50th anniversary celebration at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    USCL officials and various community leaders gathered in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building multipurpose room to look back at the past, reflect on the present and ponder the future.

    Dean Dr. John Catalano discussed USCL’s increasing enrollment numbers over recent years and the quality of the faculty aboard.

  • Driver fled scene after hitting salon

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is asking the public for information about a crash that damaged Four Seasons Tanning Salon on Kershaw-Camden Highway (U.S. 521 Business) on Sunday.

    A 1996 Buick sedan crashed into the salon about 11:30 p.m. The car spun around after hitting the building and the rear of the car crashed through the corner of the building.

    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the estimated speed of the car before the crash was 70 mph. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

  • City to spend $100,000 on Southside Park

    A recreational park and playground got a lot of attention at Tuesday’s Lancaster City Council meeting.

    Council members discussed Southside Park, which residents and city officials say is in need of major improvements.

    Council voted unanimously to allocate $100,000 for improvements at the park. However, it was not determined if the money would come from the general fund or the hospitality tax fund.

    The city is now seeking an opinion from the state on whether the improvements can be paid for with hospitality taxes.

  • Judge gives 27-year sentence in carjacking, kidnapping case

    Phillip Sims told Judge Brooks Goldsmith that he has been addicted to drugs all of his adult life and he wasn’t in his right mind when he carjacked a van with two young children inside last year.

    On Friday, Goldsmith sentenced Sims, 31, to 27 years in prison on carjacking, kidnapping, possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

  • Griffins publishes first mystery

    If a couple of the characters in Dr. John Griffin’s latest book, “Murder in the Low Country” seem familiar, that’s OK.

    Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said they’re supposed to.

    Griffin will be signing copies of the book at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gallery, 201 W. Gay St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Griffin sees Bronson sheriff and narrator Catlette “Cat” Wolfe every time he looks in a mirror.

  • Gardening was meant to be simple

    One recent morning – as four or five snowflakes cast a film over the sidewalk – I relaxed with sips of hot coffee after reading the newspaper,  and pondered plans to wish my son, Blake, a happy birthday.

    You know, our second-born isn’t a little fella who romps through the house in muddy shoes on days like this any more.

    The years have flown by, or so it seems. Soon, I’ll be 76.

    Thank goodness, I happened across this newspaper article about folks growing vegetables in small plots.

  • AJ salutes ace Volunteers

    KERSHAW Fall’s finest and winter wonders drew the “Big Orange Country” spotlight at the annual Andrew Jackson High School fall-winter sports banquet Thursday night.

    A host of athletes earned recognition for their play in five varsity sports at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    Record-setting senior quarterback Daniel Pardue drew his share of accolades during the night.

    Pardue, a first-team all-region and all-county pick, was named the AJ football Most Valuable Player.